Foucault: Genealogies of Desire
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6137
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Liberal Arts
The aim of the course is to show that it’s by interrogating desire that we can learn who we are.  The task, in that context, is to provide a genealogy and critique of the subject of desire, that is, to identify the specific regimes of desire that govern us today, the conditions under which those regimes emerged, and the manner in which they relate to one another.  By drawing on key analyses that Foucault developed in the 1970s, I will attempt to draw the contours of the contemporary subject, and arrive at what Foucault himself called an “ontology of the present.”  The genealogy in question will follow four distinct lines: sexual, economic, epistemological, and moral.  The claim, in other words, is that the modern subject of desire is constituted in relation to the dispositifs of sexuality, self-interest, truth, and the Law.     This course will be taught by Professor Miguel Beistegui.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.